Dovetail Dreams

For Dovetail Dreams Museum of True History [MOTH] has invited Round Two (Stephanie Chalmers & Emily Rumney) to recreate the brave domestic contrivances of 1940s cabinetmaker and former milliner Agnes Dean.

At a time when women were being encouraged to join the war efforts in areas previously only considered the domain of men, Dean embraced her new woodworking and carpentry skills and demonstrated a unique flair for design.

Following the war Dean relocated to New Zealand. She opened her own back-shed studio where she created one-off furniture designs for friends and family alongside a surprisingly wealthy client list.

What few of her clients knew was that Dean also had a secret passion for the avant-garde and would fashion curiously functionless prototypes. While no one ever saw these objects, Dean often referred to them in conversation with her close friends as her dalliances – small gestures with no more purpose than to amuse her.

Round Two have chosen to interpret Dean’s ‘daliances’ as their starting point. Using the vernacular of cabinet-making they have created a collection of items they are sure Dean would have embraced as her own.

Curated by Karl Chitham.

This project has been generously supported by www.areadesign.co.nz

Read a review of the recent Dovetail Dreams exhibition by artist and author Peter Dornauf.


Opening Friday 25 September at 5.30pm Open 1-4pm 26 and 27 September.